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Porongurup, Western Australia

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Porongurup's striking natural beauty is 1,100 million years in the making. Here, at the heart of one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, this unique granite range of twelve peaks rises above a tall karri tree forest rich in birdlife and a staggering array of spring wildflowers. From Albany, it's just a 45 minute drive north to reach Porongurup and its national park. Or, if you're driving from Perth, you can make the journey in four and a half hours. Pack your camera, binoculars, walking shoes, a picnic and a sense of adventure and take your pick from the national park's rock and peak walks and pretty picnic spots. In 2,401 hectares of diverse bushland habitats you're likely to encounter some of the 78 species of birds and 700 flowering plants that have been recorded here, including many rare and extraordinary orchids and lichen varieties. On the horizon sits the Stirling Range, just 30 kilometres to the north - another haven for some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna featuring short wildflower walks, scenic drives and challenging full-day treks to the mountain summits. Dotted through the surrounding countryside of Porongurup, you'll also find a selection of boutique, family-owned wineries, where you can taste the fruits of this emerging cool climate wine region and drink in views across the vineyards to the Stirling Range beyond. Inspired by unique natural landscapes and materials, local artists showcase an impressive variety of wood craft, wrought iron and other arts and crafts, making a unique souvenir of your stay in the Porongurups. Tranquility, indulgence and country charm can all be found in the choice of accommodation available in and around Porongurup, from welcoming farmstays and bed and breakfasts to quaint holiday cottages and secluded chalets.

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